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Beware of Low Budgets April 26, 2009

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Since 1972, federal regulations have required qualification-based selection for federal projects requiring professional services such as architecture or engineering. The legislation had the effect of taking price out of the selection criteria, maintaining professional qualifications as the primary focus. This certainly seems logical, but what about our professional ethics that dictate our regard for public safety, duty to the client, and duty to the employer? Are we to believe that a low bid for a juicy project could somehow affect our professional judgment? (more…)

Marketing Note April 21, 2009

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I’m always interested in creative advertising (or innovative, as the case may be). We often feel bombarded by marketing, and indeed it can rapidly reach annoying levels. That makes it all the more fun when an advertisement manages to make a connection through the noise. I saw one this morning that did just that. (more…)

Getting What You Pay For April 14, 2009

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The other day, I stopped in for a hamburger.  As I sat eating, I overheard another customer complaining about getting the wrong order.  From what I could tell, it was something fairly minor (like, the burger was right, but there was something that was/was not supposed to be on it).  Regardless, it got me thinking about the concept of a commodity versus a more “experience” based product or service. (more…)

Project Contracts & Conflicts April 13, 2009

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Those of us that have been in the workforce for at least a few years likely have become familiar with various methods of conflict identification and resolution. Most of us are fortunate enough to rarely, if ever, have encountered significant conflict during a project. Those who have, whether with a co-worker or client, can attest that it is a very unpleasant experience. I have not yet had to resolve a dispute with attorneys or legal proceedings, but with decades left in my career, I would bet that such a situation awaits. I will do everything I can up until that point to avoid such circumstances. (more…)

Back to Basics April 11, 2009

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As we negotiate the latest economic hurdles facing our industry and our individual businesses, we face many complex challenges. One of these is the double-edged sword of strategic planning. As usual, our time is constantly under assault from competing interests and conflicting priorities, and strategic planning is often one of the unfortunate casualties. Firms that neglected to fully plan and prepare for these conditions are now likely paying the price in lost business, lost employees, and lost morale. These are critical times, with many firms literally on the brink of collapse, and the ones most in need of a clear course have precious few resources available for plotting it. What is a leader to do? (more…)